Where Am I? Who Am I?

I’m back. I spent the night in my own bed, reveling in the click of the overhead fan, the sound of the cicadas, and the ensemble piece from early morning birds, a joy for the jet-lagged. I am watching the light on the Chesapeake Bay and feeling glad to be home for the first time in three months. I feel like kissing the K-cup machine.The washer, built like an Olympic medal-winning weight-lifter, is using all the water it wants. I will put on the dryer.  I am home in America.

I won’t be here long of course. This week, I have to visit the doctor about my knees, and persuade him to write a letter to the Peace Corps, convincing them that my arthritis won’t hold me back from service in Armenia from next March. I also need to pick up my birth certificate so I can apply for an Irish passport. I have dual British and American citizenship, but the UK’s Brexit vote has vexed me, and so, to show Europe I stand with them, I am planning to swap the British lions for the Irish harp in order to keep going with a plum passport. I was born and raised in Belfast, which turns out to be an advantage—who knew?  Oh, and did I mention I also have to prepare for an interview with the American University in Beirut? With luck, I will be working in Leadership Development in Lebanon if I am not yipping it up in Yerevan. I am having a melting pot moment as I search for my Marigold Moment. More to follow.

About Liz Barron

US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. Permanent address in Washington DC. Deep roots in Northern Ireland and persistent Belfast accent. Blogger,cook, mother, grandma, Scrabble-player and enthusiastic world traveler.
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